Winterberry Holly Blazes in Color Across its Namesake Months

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UT Gardens’ November 2022 Plant of the Month

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – As the beautiful fall-colored leaves drop and we transition into winter, winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) is sure to catch your eye. The berries are especially prominent when the holly is planted in front of evergreens. Unlike most hollies, winterberry holly is deciduous which adds to the “berry” pleasing display on its bare branches during the plant’s namesake winter months. While red berry varieties of the holly tend to be most popular, there are gold and orange cultivars, as well.

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The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville and Jackson, Tennessee. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the UT Gardens are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, see the Gardens website:

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